Jim Pangrazio

Biography

The general consensus is that change is urgent. Yet those claiming to work toward that end choose illusory paths that serve more as an impediment to the change they profess to seek. It is a closed loop -- a path that follows itself -- a safe at home tour rather than an expedition in search of wherever.

My plays attempt to untangle the complex knots created by repeated trips to nowhere by focusing on the fearful simplicity of uncontaminated life where acceptance and rejection meet to hash out what's bothering them.

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Books

Kaweah 1894
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,770. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American
It's 1894. The Pullman strike has led to a national rail strike led by Debs' American Railway Union. In central California two men ill treated by the Southern Pacific Railroad are robbing their trains. Large wheat farmers leasing land from the SP have just learned that the land purchase prices stated in their leases are a fiction. And the Kaweah community is destroyed. They unite to fight back.
Abstinence Only
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,350. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
As a way to delay, if not prevent, the reporting of a robbery, two college students have been taped together, naked. To distract Jack as they continue their struggle for freedom, Lori commences a psychology discussion between the two psych majors. From Wilhem Reich to Witold Gombrowicz, Jack finally convinces Lori to make contact with her friend. But when her friend arrives to free them, a whole
Band of Brooders Presents The Death of Corporal Tillman
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Everyone knows what happened to Tillman – he was assassinated – murdered by the nation he mistakenly chose to serve. Americans choose to turn away from such searching truths about the real nature of their country. In this short play Rick's interactions and conversations with his squad may recount some of what Tillman would have said had his country given him the chance to say them.
Emergency Meeting of the Yale University Women Philosophers Group
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,010. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Recently there has been a rash of campus sex harassment reports. Surprisingly, many have been tied to that backwater of the humanities, University Philosophy Departments, where students are taught about justice, morality and other high-minded things. When a prominent Yale University professor is implicated as a serial seducer, the women professors in the department decide they need to talk.
Receding References
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,480. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
An MTA train operator reacts violently when he finds a noose hanging in his cab. Parties assemble for a solution.The result is a confusing series of exchanges regarding who did what, various meanings for that particular event, and other racial, sexual, and historical transformations that occur without people changing their now incorrect understanding from what it was when first presented to them.
Hedgehog
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
In an SRO stuffed with people living on the margins of society is Leo, a young man who spent years in a mental institution because his epilepsy was judged a mental illness. The experience left Leo with a morbid attachment to a fictional character that suffered the same misdiagnosis. He lives Myshkin's life, and so do his fellow residents in order to satisfy the likeable Leo.
Who Killed Admiral Darlan?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
It is December 1942. British and American forces have conquered French territories in Northern Africa from Morocco through Algeria. The American side has chosen Admiral Darlan as the leader of liberated territories even though a top Vichy collaborator. Many opposing forces want Darlan removed. Eventually done in mysterious circumstances.
How America Does It
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
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The United States has it's own unique way of conducting foreign policy. One which all other countries criticize while secretly wishing they could emulate. The play depicts the preparation of Kerry's dramatic presentation of alleged poison gas crimes committed by Syria. President Obama had to join with aides to find ways to work-up the emotionally deficient Kerry.
!Strike!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,980. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
What if workers with grievances followed simple and obvious practices that gave them a chance to achieve their goals, rather than obeying rules established by the enemy that assure their defeat? And what if communities that consist largely of those workers realized that they can never establish decent living conditions for all unless they united against their common enemy?
Is It Dead Yet? "Communism" In China
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,570. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
It is the near future. A meeting of the standing committee of the Chinese political bureau has been called to discuss the need for a transition. Which direction should they take - toward bourgeois political democracy, or given the evident weaknesses of world capitalism and the corruption and increasing class division at home, a new look at revolutionary organization.
Fahrenheit 1700
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
A bunch of high school students are sick of being trained to pass tests rather than receiving a real learning experience. So instead of a test taking rehearsal they decide instead to take over their classroom to play their unique version of volleyball. When the principal and security cop intervene they are taken hostage and administered a learning experience of their own.
Economy: The Final Solution
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,510. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
The economy has collapsed once again and the government has tried every remedy other than anything that would harm the continued profitability of big business. The general population has had enough of suffering for the greed and criminality of others and has expressed its anger in a not so peaceful national uprising. The only recourse? The final solution.
A Wake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,870. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
A wake is being held at the home of the deceased. The younger people are playing a charade featuring a famous saying about death. The older folks take their behavior as a show of disrespect. But as furniture made by the now dead Gianni collapses beneath his mourners, and they gag on his homemade wine, the youth can't help but wonder at the legacy being left to them by their elders
Wittgenstein's Hitler
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Plays » American / African American
Ludwig Wittgenstein is in Berlin to bribe the Nazis so that he may secure the safety of his two sisters living in Austria. Hitler learns that his old schoolmate is in city and asks to see him. Since Hitler personally decides on any change in Jewish status Wittgenstein can hardly refuse.
FreeDumb
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,750. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Sue is troubled. Henry and Elsie, an older couple, engage her in conversation out of fear that she may harm herself. Her concerns are tied to those of her soldier boyfriend Joe who has orders to return to combat. When a federal agent arrives at the diner where these events take place, they all must decide between the law and what is right.
Disturbing the Police
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,390. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Jerry is in court fighting a disturbing the peace charge issued during his one-man protest against increasing American authoritarianism. During his trial the courtroom is seized by a much more serious protestor and Jerry, his friend Richie, attorney Veronica, arresting officer Crowder, and Judge Durastein end up sitting on the floor while hostage-taker Forbin negotiates with the police chief. Even
Life Science
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,760. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
An impromptu party to celebrate a friend's first real job leads to an intoxicating discussion on the pathways to truthfulness until a high school student drops in for a painting lesson and instead provides a lesson for the others through his life experiences.
On Top of Mount Zion
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,900. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
The time is the near future. Israel's bombing of Iran has turned into a catastrophe for the U.S. Since most Americans believe that our Mideast policy is controlled by American Jews in the interest of what is best for Israel, that produces a wave of antisemitism. A NY Jewish senator, his Israeli nephew and their friends discover a way to fight the bigots. Surprisingly, this is a comedy.
POCS - Party for the Overthrow of the Capitalist System
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,530. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Vera feels the world needs a revolution and is working on creating a group to accomplish the task. Justin, her liberal brother, thinks she is just trying to symbolically overthrow their capitalist father who is a devotee of mass marketing. When he meets with his daughter to dissuade her, he can't help but admire how she has absorbed much of his marketing skills, or refrain from joining her.
The War Against Us All
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,480. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Plays » American / African American
Most Americans feel that our basic rights as expressed in the Constitution have been circumvented by the combined actions of Congress, the President, and the court system. These three short plays are examples of why we all should be concerned.

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